TMZ reported that witnesses said the rapper had "no pulse" following the incident. According to the celeb news site, XXXTentacion was shopping for motorcycles when, as he was leaving a dealership, someone ran to his vehicle and fired.
He was arrested in December 2017 on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend and later released on house arrest.
The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe he was fatally shot in a random robbery while likely planning to buy a motorcycle at an upscale shop near a low-income neighbourhood in South Florida.
However, the real recognition for XXXTentacion came previous year when his debut album 17 made it to the second spot on the US Billboard 200. J. Cole had similarly kind words, calling him an "enormous talent" and saying he had a "strong desire to be a better person".
"Rest in peace. I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here", West posted on Twitter along with a photo of the rapper.
While friends and loved ones organize the candlelight vigil, fans continue to pay their respects at his memorial, where a woman was seen drawing XXXTentatcion's face with chalk. The latter debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. TMZ reports XXXTentacion was on house arrest, but a judge recently let him out so he could tour. He told the paper he used violence so she would engage with him.
Spotify last month singled out XXXTentacion as part of a policy not to promote songs by artists known for "harmful or hateful" behavior, but the leading streaming service backed down after charges that it had overstepped its role over vague criteria. The controversy has resulted in numerous articles calling for the greater music industry to not "co-sign", or endorse, his music, including one that was published by Pitchfork titled, "XXXTentacion Is Blowing Up Behind Bars".
Video posted on social media apparently showed Onfroy slumped in his auto.